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Gore Verbinski

Fear and Loathing in the Mojave: The Wonderfully Inventive World of 'Rango'

It’s easy to get the feeling, after three surreal, increasingly confounding Pirates of the Caribbean swashbucklers and now Rango, an animated Western that plays like Fear and Loathing in the Mojave, that Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp can’t resist a bizarre flight of fancy.
 
It’s more a gift than a curse. Those little indulgences – the scenes that don’t quite fit in but often contain moments of pure, unfiltered imagination – confirm them as artists in an upper echelon of Hollywood’s elite, where playing it safe isn’t paramount. They follow their muse, conventional wisdom be damned.
 

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